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Section II athletic contests postponed until April 19

Section II athletic contests postponed until April 19

All 'scrimmages, non-league and league contests' postponed; individual districts currently permitted to make own decisions on continuing practice
Section II athletic contests postponed until April 19
The Amsterdam baseball team gets set for its opening practice of the season on Monday at Shuttleworth Park.
Photographer: Erica Miller

All games and scrimmages involving Section II teams have been canceled until April 19 due to COVID-19, the section announced Friday.

In a letter addressed to all Section II athletic administrators Friday at noon, Section II executive director Ed Dopp announced that all scrimmages, non-league and league contests involving Section II member schools must be postponed until April 19, 2020. According to the letter, individual districts are currently able to make the decision whether to continue to hold practices during this period.

The decision comes a day after NYSPHSAA made the announcement to indefinitely postpone the remaining winter state and regional championship events.

The letter reads:

“As the entire state and nation have been dealing with the COVID-19 Virus pandemic for the past few weeks, Section 2 continues to be in communication with the many local health departments, state health department, and continually monitoring the NYSED & Federal information that is coming out. We feel that we are in an unprecedented and emergency situation and the Section is taking this action to do our part in protecting our student-athletes and entire school communities.

“Effective immediately, in an abundance of caution, we have made the decision that all of our member schools must postpone all scrimmages, non-league and league contests until April 19, 2020. In essence to not send or receive any student-athletes and or spectators from outside of your own district onto your campus.

In the absence of a directive from proper authorities to close school districts and or school extracurricular athletics, it is the home school districts decision as to the continuance of the interscholastic athletic programs within their district (practice). The Section’s action is being put in place to help minimize the spread of the virus throughout our school communities.

This action will help serve the public health crisis and at the same time provide an equal playing field for all of our member schools. The Section will continue to monitor the situation and work to put plans in place for the future of the remaining Winter and all Spring Sports within our Section.”

In the email containing the letter addressed to Section II athletic administrators, league presidents and sport coordinators, Dopp wrote, “While we understand that not all will be in agreement of this, this is a serious and decisive action and in advance we thank you for your patience and support of our action as we all do our part to combat this pandemic.”

This report will be updated.

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